Southwestern Chicken Salad with Spicy Ranch

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Southwestern Chicken Salad is a healthy and scrumptious salad recipe that comes together in a snap! Juicy chicken sits on crisp greens with black beans, corn and a creamy spicy ranch dressing. This salad is perfect as a side, but also hearty enough to be a meal on its own!



Happy Monday everyone!  Today is On the Lighter Side here at The Slow Roasted Italian.

Southwestern Chicken Salad

Today, we are featuring a Simple Southwestern Chicken Salad recipe.  The first time I tried this, it was made by my friend Mary. 

I have been on a bit of a flavor kick lately.  I have really been enjoying Mexican, Greek and of course Italian flavors,  so to incorporate that into a salad I opted for a Southwestern flavors.  I simplified this salad recipe, as I was having a casual relaxing day. I also have out of the ordinary chicken salad sandwich.

I hope you enjoy!!!  It is sooooo good!!!

This is a simple version, and I really like it with green peppers and cucumbers on it too.

southwestern chicken salad with spicy ranch in a bowl

Simple Southwestern Chicken Salad with Spicy Ranch

Donna Elick
I have really been enjoying Mexican, Greek and of course Italian flavors, so to incorporate that into a salad I opted for a Southwestern Chicken Salad. I simplified this salad, as I was having a casual relaxing day.
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 1


  • 4 ounces grilled boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups romaine hearts, shredded

Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked


  • 1 cup light ranch dressing, I like Kraft
  • 2 tablespoons spicy barbecue sauce


  • In a small bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes and beans. Toss to combine. Set corn salsa aside.
  • On a large plate sprinkle romaine, the top with 1/4 of the corn salsa. Lay chicken on top, drizzle 2 tablespoons of the dressing over top.
  • Serve with tortilla strips.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1662cal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 114g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 2693mg | Sugar: 37g | Fiber: 24g | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 9mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published Oct 17, 2011

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  1. Your salad looks so pretty, Donna! I need to do this with grilled chicken next time. Wow, what a difference in the presentation. I love it.

  2. You might call it simple but I call it simply divine! Cheesy huh? Well it is the truth- I love simple salads that pack a lot of flavor and this is one of them! Awesome

  3. Happy Monday to you as well! This salad would actually be much better than the lunch I brought to work today. Hmm…do you deliver? 🙂

  4. This is the second chicken salad recipe I saw this eve and I never get tired of chicken salad variations – one of my favorite meat salads. Love how you spiced it – and like living on the lighter side these days.

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